2017-08-30 / Front Page

NYPD Launches Labor Day Driving Crackdowng

By Liz Goff
State and city police will hit local streets and highways this week in the kickoff of an annual NYPD crackdown on drunk driving and other driving offenses that will continue through the Labor Day weekend.

The offensive targets motorists who drink and drive, and those caught using cell phones, tablets and other electronic devices to speak, check messages, text or tweet messages while driving, and those who fail to buckle up while driving. The crackdown will also target motorists that fail to buckle up infants, toddlers and young children in approved car seats required under the law, police said.
As part of the crackdown, police will establish traffic checkpoints at local “hot spots,” where officers trained to identify drunk and impaired drivers will administer Breathalyzer tests and make arrests as warranted, police said. The stepped-up enforcement is necessary to get drunk drivers off the road in the early morning hours, when they are finished partying for the night, an NYPD spokesperson explained.
Cops assigned to NYPD and state Highway Units are trained to identify drunk and impaired drivers by observing a motorists’ demeanor, how he or she is handling a vehicle and by engaging in conversation with the motorist to determine motor skills and if he or she is slurring their words.
Police officials said the “Zero Tolerance” driving crackdown would remain in effect beyond the Labor Day holiday weekend.

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